Get Involved in OER

Faculty and Staff

A dozen ways to get involved in OER as Minnesota State faculty and staff (PDF)

  • Join the OER Community Site, providing Minnesota State employees a place to start and join discussions, find helpful resources, collaborate on files, locate Creative Commons licensing experts, and find quickstart guides for common disciplines.
  • Join OER faculty development events including webinars and learning communities on the Network for Educational Development events calendar.

    These events provide an avenue for faculty at all stages of their OER journey:

    • Open Education Network Webinars - get introduced to OER, Creative Commons licensing, and the work with the Open Education Network (OEN). Review an open textbook and receive a $200 stipend.
    • OER FAQ Webinars - Get answers to frequently asked OER questions.
    • OER Community Conversations - Share, discuss, and learn from colleagues in the Minnesota State OER community, focused on a topic of interest.
    • OER Learning Circles - Collaborate with colleagues from around the system in ten-week (five-week in the summer) cohort to develop OER ancillary materials or to redesign your course around OER.
    • Complete the Creative Commons Certificate course and get reimbursed. Minnesota State supports up to 10 seats each year. 
  • Search for open textbooks, ancillary materials, or D2L course shells in Opendorathe digital OER repository for Minnesota State faculty and librarians to load, access, and share licensed OER.​


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Support lowering the cost of course resources for students by creating a culture of OER on your campus.
  • Support faculty in their OER development efforts

    • Send an OER Learning Circle participant to an OER Learning Circle Leader cohort
    • Engage in communities of practice
    • Promote faculty participation in OER faculty development events
  • Engage with campus librarians to discover how they can help
  • Start a dialogue with students
  • Consider faculty and staff recognition processes for work around OER and Textbook Affordability
  • Learn more about Z-degrees and how you can bring them to your campus
  • Consider ways OER can help support your campuses strategic goals


Catherine Ford, EdD
Program Director for Educational Development

Karen Pikula, PhD
OER Faculty Development Coordinator

Randi Madisen
OER Librarian